Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Tehran would "never" abandon its nuclear plans. In an NBC-TV interview, the Iranian leader did not offer a direct response when asked whether there were any conditions under which Iran would develop a nuclear weapon.
"We don't need nuclear weapons," Ahmadinejad said, according to Reuters. "We do not see any need for such weapons. And the conditions around the world are moving to favor our ideas," Ahmadinejad stated.
According to Ahmadinejad, Iran will "never" halt work on its nuclear program to mollify Western skeptics.
Iran is set to attend talks on Oct. 1 with major powers. "We have always believed in talking, in negotiating, that's our logic. "Nothing has changed," Ahmadinejad said, speaking through an interpreter.
"If you are talking about the enrichment of uranium for peaceful purposes, this will never be closed down here in Iran," he said.